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Email addresses in postings

Mon, 2014-05-19 09:10 by admin · Forum/category:

Never put real email addresses in web sites. The reason is that web email address harvesters will find them and use them to send spam to the address.

Here are two Javascript-based ways to obfuscate email addresses such that they remain clickable. In the Content Management System (CMS) Drupal, i.e. on this web site here, you have to change the input format to "Partly HTML" for any of the following methods to work. Only editors can do this. Non-editors have to resort to one of the simpler, but less elegant methods. Other CMS work differently, but the idea is the same.

Deciphering the gray of Google's 'Play Edition' upgrade promise

Sun, 2013-06-30 09:47 by admin

By JR Raphael

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One of the biggest selling points of Google's new Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices -- stock Android software aside -- is the promise that the phones will follow in the footsteps of Nexus devices and receive fast OS upgrades in the future.

But wait a minute: What exactly has Google promised in that regard? When you start trying to find a firm answer to that question, you realize it's not completely clear.

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Crippled Android phones

Mon, 2013-03-25 09:30 by Hans · Forum/category:

Here is an interesting article on The Verge, describing how to change at least the looks and the primary user interface of an Android phone that is burdened with they typical bloatware, like HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz, such that the phone looks and behaves more like a Nexus phone:

Back to stock: get the Nexus look on any Android phone

The article also has a lively, but very long discussion in its comments.

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Buy Nexus

Sat, 2013-02-16 12:54 by Hans · Forum/category:


So you want to buy a smartphone. But which one? There is a bewildering array of smartphones and pads/tablets from many manufacturers. What are the essential differences?

Here is my very simple recommendation: Buy only a Nexus device.

Gamers solve problem that riddled scientists for 15 years

Sat, 2011-09-24 17:08 by admin

Foldit molecules – Click to enlarge.

By Tessel Renzenbrinkon
Posted in: science
Tags: crowdsourcing, Foldit, gaming, protein structure prediction, science

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Players of the online game Foldit produced accurate models of an enzyme. For over a decade scientists had been trying to determine the structure of the retroviral enzyme as it unlocks important information about battling the AIDS virus.

$80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes in Kenya, the World Next?

Wed, 2011-08-17 16:49 by admin · Forum/category:

Kenyan with $80 Android phone
Kenyan with $80 Android phone

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It seems like just yesterday when only the slickest kid on the block had a smartphone, but now, this revolutionary gadget is selling like hotcakes in the developing world. Earlier this year, the Chinese firm Huawei unveiled IDEOS through Kenya’s telecom titan, Safaricom. So far, this $80 smartphone has found its way into the hands of 350,000+ Kenyans, an impressive sales number in a country where 40% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The IDEOS’s success in this market firmly establishes the open source Android as the smartphone of the people and demonstrates how unrelenting upswings in price-performance can jumpstart the spread of liberating technologies. Thanks to low-cost Androids, the geographically-untethered smartphone is here to stay, and it simply cannot be stopped.

How digital detectives deciphered Stuxnet

Wed, 2011-07-13 20:13 by admin

Satellite image of the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant in Iran taken in 2002 when it was still under construction. The image shows two cascade halls, in the upper right corner, as they were being built deep underground. The hall on the left, Hall A, is the only one currently operational and is the building where centrifuges believed to have been damaged by Stuxnet in 2009 were installed. (Photo: DigitalGlobe and Institute for Science and International Security)
Satellite image of the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant in Iran

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History


By Klm Zetter  July 11, 2011  |  7:00 am  |  Categories: Stuxnet

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It was January 2010, and investigators with the International Atomic Energy Agency had just completed an inspection at the uranium enrichment plant outside Natanz in central Iran, when they realized that something was off within the cascade rooms where thousands of centrifuges were enriching uranium.

All about the CyanogenMod dockbar

Thu, 2010-12-23 15:50 by admin · Forum/category:

This article is based on CyanogenMod 6.1, an enhanced version of Android 2.2.1. Much of it is also valid for CyanogenMod 6.0, which is based on Android 2.2. And it is of some interest to all Android users, mod or not.

The Android dockbar

CyanogenMod 6.1
CyanogenMod 6.1, dockbar at bottom

Every Android user knows the dockbar, which rests on the lower edge of the desktop and, by default, contains the following three action buttons:

Long live the Web

Sun, 2010-11-21 13:04 by admin

Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim Berners-Lee

The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending

By Tim Berners-Lee, in Scientific American

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The world wide web went live, on my physical desktop in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 1990. It consisted of one Web site and one browser, which happened to be on the same computer. The simple setup demonstrated a profound concept: that any person could share information with anyone else, anywhere. In this spirit, the Web spread quickly from the grassroots up. Today, at its 20th anniversary, the Web is thoroughly integrated into our daily lives. We take it for granted, expecting it to “be there” at any instant, like electricity.

Has Facebook lost control of the Platform?

Sun, 2010-11-07 14:02 by admin

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Facebook dataThis time around, Facebook may actually have seen its privacy Watergate: A report in The Wall Street Journal on Monday found that the phenomenal amount of personal information that Facebook members put in their profiles may indeed have been sold extensively to marketers, advertisers, and data collectors. The big question, appropriately enough, is what did Facebook know and when did it know it?